Nottingham City Youth Employment Initiative

Nottingham Works 
(lead organisation Nottingham City Council)

Nottingham Works is a seven-year project, led by Nottingham City Council, which supports unemployed and economically inactive 16-29 year old Nottingham City residents to progress into education, training or employment.

Project participants will receive one to one support from an advisor employed by one of the organisations which form the Nottingham Works partnership. These partners include Local Authorities, Education & Training Providers and Charities based across the City.

The project includes three strands, each specialising in supporting specific groups of young people.

Step into Work supports 18-29 year olds who are actively looking for work but who need additional support to find suitable job vacancies, complete job applications and prepare for interviews.

Intensive Careers Support provides support to 16 and 17 year olds who are looking to re-engage in education or training or who need help in finding their first job.

Nottingham Works Plus provides support to young people who are experiencing particular barriers which are preventing them from progressing into education or employment. For example young people with disabilities or long term or significant health conditions and those with caring responsibilities.

The Nottingham Works project is part funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.

PROJECT END DATE: December 2023

Alex Reader
Email:  Tel: 0115 876 2825 
Website: Nottingham Works

The projects below ran from 2016-2018 and are here for information only.

Get on Track
(By Design Group)

Get on Track will engage, empower and enable disadvantaged young people to access education and training opportunities through a sports and athlete driven programme. The project will provide:

  • A five-week course aimed at young people aged 16-25yrs old who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). This can be followed by up to 6 months further support.
  • An upskilling, self-development course covering soft and hard skills to provide participants with the necessary skills, confidence and support to progress into further education, employment or training.

The project is delivered by Learn by Design and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in the City of Nottingham. At least two world-class athletes mentor the participants for the duration of the 5 week face-to-face delivery phase of the programme.

Project participants are expected to progress into education, employment or training from the programme.

PROJECT END DATE: April 2018  

(Derby Business College)

The project aims to meet the employability and skills needs of NEET young people from the priority wards of Nottingham; providing them with individualised routes towards employment including advice and guidance; practical skills development, hands on training, digital skills for business, work experience and placement opportunities, a self-employment and enterprise option, intensive job search and access to a comprehensive vacancy matching service and a network of tailored support.

Beneficiaries will achieve a range of employability skills, self-awareness, team building skills, work experience and ultimately progression into Further Education, Apprenticeship/Traineeship or sustainable employment.

Support for participant travel and childcare costs is available.


Nottingham Enterprise Works
(Nottingham Business Venture)

Enterprise Works is an enterprise support programme targeting disengaged 18-29 year-olds, not in education, employment, or training (NEET) delivered by NBV but aligned with a strong local partnership across integrated activities.

Enterprise Works facilitates progression into work via enterprise and self-employment providing support for those most in need. It delivers accessible, community-based support and business advice, mentoring and skills development, offering a vocational alternative to young people for whom other educational or employment route-ways are unappealing.

The programme aims to reduce unemployment and social exclusion through enterprise activity.

The project provides:

  • Support for 18-29 year olds considering self-employment
  • A training opportunity – the SFEDI ‘Understanding Enterprise’ course with accreditation and certificate
  • Ongoing one-to-one support from an experienced business adviser
  • Local staff providing local delivery


Nottingham Gets 2 Work  

Nottingham Gets2Work is a free service to help unemployed young people aged 16-29 to travel more easily and save money. It provides discounted travel tickets, personalised travel planning and coaching, and support to help young people be confident cyclists. The aim of the service is to reduce travel-related barriers to employment.

Nottingham Gets 2 Work complements the Nottingham Works programme and supports 16-29 year old Nottingham City residents to travel sustainably to employment, education and training opportunities.

The outcome of the project is to support the maintenance of young people in employment, education or training through the provision of free multi-modal travel passes to beneficiaries.


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